A jam band? - the Capital City Rockets
It's been a great summer of record digging here in southern Illinois. Even the normally barren thrift shops have been full of 45's, thanks to somebody steadily donating old radio station stock. Every few weeks, more of these goodies have shown up, like clockwork. The donations haven't been limited to just one thrift store either, as I've found the promos in three different stores, across two towns.
Now, most of these promos have been from the 1972-77 time frame, with earlier items only occasionally turning up. Thus, much of the best stuff has been soul and a whole of it has been complete dross. But, the small price tags have encouraged experimentation and I've discovered some cool 70's rock and roll through taking chances on previously unknown records.
Today, I thought that I'd share some of my favorite finds from the thrift store stash. All info was gleaned post pick up, as I didn't know anything about these, beforehand.
Capital City Rockets - Little Bit O' Fun
The Capital City Rockets were a Columbus, Ohio area band that featured the lead vocals of former Music Explosion front man, Jamie Lyons. Thus, I assume the title, "Little Bit O' Fun" was a tip of the cap to the Explosion's huge 1967 hit, "Little Bit O' Soul". Here, we're treated to a straight ahead rocker, with lots of guitar. The single and an album were released in in 1973. While the long player doesn't contain anything else as good as "Little Bit O' Fun", it's not nearly the full out disaster described in this Joe Viglione review for the All Music Guide.
Peach and Lee - Hold On
The best that I can gather, (Arlis) Peach and (Larry) Lee were from the Omaha, Nebraska area and "Hold On" also dates from around 1973. It's an excellent, early example of midwestern powerpop, with hooks-a-plenty and tuneful guitars. Apparently, more material was recorded but only this one single was released. Seems a shame, as the flipside here, "It's Better" is also fairly decent, meaning that "Hold On" probably wasn't just a fluke.
Stamford Bridge - Rise Sally Rise
Here we have what looks like a British studio concoction. The Stamford Bridge, who released a pair of albums in Britain, were total obscuros in the U.S.A., where they were relegated to two long forgotten singles. Pop rock, with heavy bubblegum leanings, "Rise Sally Rise", from 1971, is yet another hooky winner. I have to admit being a total sucker for this kind of thing and, since finding this one a couple of weeks ago, it's been in heavy rotation.
Streak - Bang Bang Bullet
I haven't gotten much of a line on these guys, outside of the fact that they too were British. "Bang Bang Bullet", from 1973, is a pub rocker, with a great punk rock vibe. Yep, this doesn't sound much different from what a number of British punk rockers would sound like, four years later. Even the horns that creep in near the end, can't ruin the fun here.